Jesse Ventura Loses Appeal to Reinstate $1.8M Verdict Against Chris Kyle Estate
Jesse Ventura loses appeal to reinstate $1.8 million award in defamation case against 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle and his estate pic.twitter.com/7UxWASxTpT
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On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's attempts to reinstate a $1.8 million defamation verdict against the estate of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle.
Ventura, a former Navy SEAL, took issue with Kyle’s claim in his book that Kyle punched Ventura at a California bar in 2006 for offensive comments about the SEALs.
Ventura claims that the incident never occurred, and that its inclusion in the popular book hurt his reputation in the SEAL community.
In 2014, a Minnesota court awarded Ventura $1.3 million for unjust enrichment and $500,000 for defamation, but that was overturned after the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found there was no precedent under Minnesota law for the award.
The Supreme Court declined to hear Ventura's appeal, leaving intact the circuit court's decision.
Ventura vowed to continue fighting, and the case could return to Minnesota for a new trial.
Kyle, whose autobiography "American Sniper" was the basis for the 2014 film of the same name, was shot dead at a Texas gun range in 2013 by fellow military veteran who was suffering from PTSD and mental illness.
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